|Ken Henderson: John Meek Interview, 1995 - John Meek|
Ken Henderson was a world class climber, explorer, author, filmmaker and a true 'man for all seasons' in early 20th century mountaineering. He joined the American Alpine Club in 1929, long before most current members were born. His climbing exploits include climbs in Europe and Canada, as well as various mountains in the U.S. with numerous first ascents. He truly set the bar for all who would follow.
Keywords: Ken Henderson; AAC; American Alpine Club; mountaineering; climbing; John Meek; Alpine Club Library
|Allen Steck: Fifty Classic Climbs - John Martin Meek|
"Allen [Steck] and Steve Roper are recipients of the prestigious American Alpine Club' Literary Award for co-authoring "Fifty Classic Climbs of North America", co-editing "The Best of Ascent" and other works. Steve was not interviewed with Allen because he was not at the AAC Annual meeting where the award was presented. "Fifty Classic Climbs" is a classic within itself and has inspired many climbers to try some of these routes...
Keywords: Allen Steck; American Alpine Club; Fifty Classic Climbs of North America; John Meek; Mountains; Tetons, Yosemite
|Peter Lev: John Meek Interview 2000 - John Martin Meek|
" An interview with Peter Lev, avalanche expert and co-partner of Exum Mountain Guides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Interview conducted on August 29, 2000 at the Exum Guides' Cabin." -John Martin Meek
Keywords: John Meek; American Alpine Club; AAC; mountaineering; avalanche; Exum; American Alpine Library; Peter Lev
|Dick Bass: John Meek Interview 2002 - John Meek|
"Although it was not covered in this interview, which I thought was pointless, Dick Bass' determination to be the first person to stand on the highest peaks of the seven continents was not without controversy. Among some of the American climbing community, Bass' project of being the first to nail the seven summits was considered somewhat less than pure, being viewed as a wealthy amateur paying professional guides to accompany him on some of the climbs...
Keywords: Dick Bass; Seven Summits; AAC; John Meek; Climbing; Mountaineering; American Alpine Club; Everest; Interview
|Bradford and Barbara Washburn: John Meek Interview - John Meek|
"Bradford and Barbara Washburn are among the most noted climbers, aerial photographers and cartographers of the 20th Century. In 1998 the Washburns shared the National Geographic Society's Centennial Award." -John Martin Meek
Keywords: John Meek; AAC; American Alpine Club; Photography; Climbing; Alaska; Mountaineering; Alpine; Washburn; Aerial Photography
|Tom Frost: Yosemite Legend - John Martin Meek|
On September 24, 1961 with Chuck Pratt and Royal Robbins, Tom Frost topped out on the Salathe Wall of El Capitan to make climbing history. His later climbs include Denali and with Sir Edmund Hillary in the Himalaya. Interviewed by John Martin Meek at the AAC Annual Meeting on September 13, 1999 in the Arlington Hilton Hotel, Arlington, Virginia.
Keywords: Tom Frost; American Alpine Club; Denali; El Capitan; Salathe Wall; rock climbing; Himalaya; John Meek
|Glenn Exum: Teton Climbing Pioneer and A Founder, Exum Mountain Guides - John Martin Meek|
Glenn Exum is a founder of Exum Mountain Guides in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, the oldest guide service in America. As an early mountaineer of the Tetons, Glenn is best known for the first ascent of the Grand Teton on what is now called the Direct Exum Ridge. Interviewed September 7, 1997 by John Martin Meek at the Exum Home, Star Valley, Wyoming.
Keywords: Glenn Exum; Grand Teton; American Alpine Club; Climbing, Exum; John Meek; Mountain Guide
|Nancy Feagin: Superstar Climber, Exum Guide - John Martin Meek|
Nancy Feagin is an Exum Guide and one of the top climbers in the world. She was interviewed on December 2nd, 1995 by John Martin Meek at the AAC annual meeting in Oakland, California.
Keywords: American Alpine Club; Nancy Feagin; Exum Guides; Grand Teton; John Meek
|Erik Weihenmeyer and Charlie Mace: John Meek Interview - John Martin Meek|
Erik Weihenmayer is the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest. In 2002, he also completed his quest to climb the Seven Summits. Interviewed with Charlie Mace, a member of the famous blind Everest expedition, the pair describes the first blind ascent of Everest and it's lasting impact on the world of mountaineering.
Keywords: Erik Weihenmeyer; Charlie Mace; Everest; Blind; Climbing; Mountaineering; John Meek; American Alpine Club; AAC; American Alpine Club Library
|Stacy Allison: First American Woman to Summit Everest - John Martin Meek|
"Stacy and I first met in November, 1992 when I was working on the first Clinton/Gore presidential transition team and she came to lecture at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock. I had my video camera with me but it was not the time or place for an interview. We next saw each other at the American Himalayan Fund dinner in June, 2003 in San Francisco honoring Sir Edmund Hillary on the 50th anniversary of his being first to summit Everest...
Keywords: Everest; AAC; Stacy Allison; Climbing; John Meek; American Alpine Club; Ice Climbing; Sport Climbing; Rock climbing; Interview
|Kitty Calhoun Grissom and Lynn Hill - John Martin Meek|
"Ms. Big Expedition and Ms. Big Wall" "These are not established sports nicknames for Kitty and Lynn. They are names I created that seem to fit their respective careers as two of this country's outstanding climbers. A native of South Carolina, Kitty began climbing at 18 and was soon hooked on ice walls. Her first big climb was in Peru. There followed Dhualagiri and West Pillar of Makalu. Other major expeditions include Denali, Middle Triple Peak in Alaska, Diamond Couloir of Mt...
Keywords: Kitty Calhoun Grissom; Denali; American Alpine Club; Lynn Hill; Dhualagiri; El Cap; Rock Climbing, Big Wall Climbing: John Meek; Interview
|Simone Moro: John Meek Interview 2002 - John Martin Meek|
Simone Moro, an Italian alpinist, was a 2002 recipient of the David Sowles Award. This award is given by the American Alpine Club to a climber who selflessly abandons their goals to aid another climber. During an attempt on the wall of Lhotse at 8000 metes he abandoned the climb to search, rescue and save English alpinist Tom Moores.
Keywords: Simone Moro; AAC; American Alpine Club; John Meek; Everest; Lhotse; Mountaineering; Alpine; Rescue; Tom Moores; American Alpine Library
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|Bob Bates: John Meek Interview - John Martin Meek|
Robert Bates was an American mountaineer best known for his First Ascent of Mt. Lucania and the 1938 and 1953 American Expeditions to K2. He served on the Board of the American Alpine Club numerous times, and was once Honorary President. On the '53 expedition to K2, Bates and 4 others were saved by Pete Schoening's ice axe, one of the greatest mountaineering belays of all time. Bates later received a David A...
Keywords: Bob Bates; Robert Bates; John Meek; Mountaineering; Alpine; The Belay; American Alpine Club; AAC; American Alpine Club Library; Lucania; K2
|Jim Whittaker: John Meek Interview 2006 - John Martin Meek|
"My first encounter with Jim Whittaker was years ago when he came to speak at the grand opening of an REi store in the Washington D.C. area. Besides his great achievements in mountaineering, I was much impressed with his remarkable sense of humor. We met next at the American Alpine Club's Annual Meeting in the fall of 1999 in Arlington, VA. I asked Jim for an interview, but he said he was leaving for the airport...
Keywords: Jim Whittaker; World Climb for Peace; Everest; AAC; American Alpine Club; John Meek; Alpine; Mountaineering; Climbing; K2; American Alpine Library; Mt. Kennedy
|1995 American Expedition to Everest: John Meek Interview - John Martin Meek|
Everyone I have interviewed in this noted climber collection for the American Alpine Club have had good stories, while others had great stories. An example of a great story would be Simone Moro, who gave up his quest to do the first traverse of Lohtse and Everest to aid another climber. The 1995 American Everest expedition is another great story, unusual in two details. First, the team included George Mallory II of Australia, grandson of the great British climber, George Mallory, who first attem...
Keywords: George Mallory II; Paul Pfau; Colin Lynch; Everest; American Alpine Club; Alpine Club Library; AAC; John Meek; 1995 Expedition to Everest; Mountaineering; Climbing